The Sciliar/Schlern area, named after the massif, extends across a sub-mountainous area south of Chiusa/Klausen, just below the wide Alpe di Siusi /Seiser Alp plateau. The area is home to several idyllic villages such as Castelrotto/Kastelruth, Siusi/Seis and Fiè/Völs.
The Sciliar/Schlern massif, with the two rocky peaks Santner and Euringer, has become a major landmark of the South Tyrolean landscape. Spread across almost 60 km2, the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm plateau is the largest (and possibly most beautiful) high plateau in Europe, and extends into the neighbouring Val Gardena/Gröden valley. Its rolling Alpine meadows and craggy peaks stretching as high as 3,000 metres offer everything a hiker’s heart can desire – including traditional huts and modern restaurants where you can pamper your palate with local specialities. In summer, most of these alpine pastures are still used for agricultural purposes – farming and the hard work it entails has shaped the life of South Tyroleans for generations. If you are interested in the local culture, landscape and lifestyle, we will be happy to tell you more.
In winter, the plateau – which lies at an altitude of approximately 2,000 metres – transforms into a popular, family-friendly ski area and cross-country ski Mecca.
With its wealth of meadows, woodland and mountain lakes, the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm plateau is one of the best attractions South Tyrol has to offer. In fact, it is not by chance that the local villages of Castelrotto/Kastelruth, Siusi/Seis and Fiè/Völs offer plenty of quality accommodation options.
We, the tourist guides and tourist leader of South Tyrol, will be happy to take you on a discovery journey:
On a 1½-hour guided tour, we will visit the village of Castelrotto/Kastelruth with its soaring tower, the Calvary chapels on the Colle/Kofel hill and the Museum of Traditional Costumes. Alternatively, special tours to the St. Valentin mountain chapel near Siusi/Seis or a guided tour of the village of Fiè/Völs and its parish museum filled with artistic treasures are also an option. A visit to the archaeological museum in Fiè/Völs requires at least an hour.
Other options include the Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm (cable car ride included), the farming museum in Sant’Osvaldo /St. Oswald or the Pfleger herb farm, which offers interesting insights into the cultivation of aromatic, mountain and medicinal herbs. The Sciliar/Schlern area is the perfect starting point for a classic tour of the Dolomites and mountain passes, and it is also within reach of interesting towns such as Merano/Meran, Bressanone/Brixen and Bolzano/Bozen.